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60+ Books for Igniting Inspiration

60+ Books for Igniting Inspiration

Dec 8th 2022

There are many ways to find inspiration, but when the days grow shorter and colder, nothing beats curling up with a good book in the warmth and comfort of your home (or studio). Whether it’s a fictional tale that stirs the imagination, an inspiring biography, an informative piece of nonfiction, a collection of beautiful creations, or insights shared by other artists, inspirational books come in many forms.

Here, we've complied more than 60 titles shared by In Her Studio published artists who found inspiration within their pages.
  • “Faites Votre Marche” by Nathalie Parain
  • “Olle Eksell: Swedish Graphic Designer”
  • “Hockney: Printmaker” by Richard Lloyd
  • “Mark Hearld’s Work Book”
  • “Artist Textiles 1940–1976” by Geoff Rayner, Richard Chamberlain & Annamarie Phelps
  • “Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques and Truly Original Projects” by Christine Schmidt
  • “High Street: A Facsimile Edition” by J.M. Richards
  • “Strong as a Bear” by Katrin Stangl
  • “The Circus and Other Stories” by Samuil Marshak & Vladimir Lebedev
  • “Inside the Rainbow: Russian Children’s Literature 1920–1935” by Julian Rothenstein

Shared by Louise Lockhart in the Summer 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

Artwork by Anouk Karrsen |  Somerset Studio Spring 2022

  • “The Enchanted April” by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • “Letters to Milena” by Franz Kafka
  • “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo
  • “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • “Little Lord Fauntleroy” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Shared by Silvia Ottobrini in the Summer 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

  • “The Evening and the Morning” by Ken Follett
  • “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
  • “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
  • “Far From the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy
  • “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” by Kathleen Rooney
  • “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett
  • “Out of Africa” by Isak Dinesen

Shared by Marquin Campbell in the Summer 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

Artwork by Lulu Laberlue |  Somerset Studio Spring 2022

  • “Pantone: The 20th Century in Color”
  • “The Vatican Collections”
  • “Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera”
  • “Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places”

Shared by Mary Catherine Lowery in the Spring 2021 Issue of In Her Studio

  • “Art Inc” by Lisa Congdon
  • “Little Black Book” by Otegha Uwagba
  • “Money and Mindfulness” by Lisa Messenger
  • “The Working Woman’s Handbook” by Phoebe Lovatt
  • “Grow Your Handmade Business” by Kari Chapin

Shared by Christie Williams in the Winter 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

Artwork by Carolyn V. Watson |  In Her Studio Winter 2022

  • “Succulent Wild Woman” by SARK
  • “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron
  • “Everyday Matters” by Danny Gregory
  • “How to Be an Explorer of the World” by Keri Smith
  • “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg
  • “A Big Important Art Book (Now With Women)” by Danielle Krysa
  • “Why I Wake Early” by Mary Oliver
  • “She Walks in Beauty” by Caroline Kennedy
  • “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf

Shared by Zinnia Falcon in the Autumn 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

  • “The New Bohemians Handbook” by Justina Blakeney
  • “Jungalow: Decorate Wild” by Justina Blakeney
  • “The Flower Recipe Book” by Alethea Harampolis & Jill Rizzo
  • “Palette Perfect: Color Combinations Inspired by Fashion, Art & Style” by Lauren Wager

Shared by Lily Sol in the Autumn 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

Artwork by Tracy Hickman |  Art Journaling Autumn 2022

  • “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield
  • “Art & Fear” by David Bayles & Ted Orland
  • “Writing Down Your Soul” by Janet Conner
  • “Radical Compassion” by Tara Brach
  • “Make Your Own Ideabook” by Arne & Carlos
  • “How to Be an Artist” by Jerry Saltz
  • “Die Empty” by Todd Henry
  • “Feck Perfuction” by James Victore
  • “Find Your Voice” by Noor Unnahar

Shared by Caylee Grey in the Autumn 2022 Issue of In Her Studio

Artwork by Shelly Sazama |  Art Journaling Autumn 2022

What are some of your personal book recommendations for artistic inspiration? Share with our readers in the comments' section below.

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